Infrared saunas use infrared light to create heat to warm the body from within. (Infrared light is not visible to us, but can be felt as heat.)
In a traditional sauna, using steam or hot rocks, you are just sitting in a hot room, 190-220 degrees. Traditional saunas can be uncomfortable, and some people find it hard to breathe in them.
Infrared saunas heat your body directly, from the inside out—giving you deeper penetration, greater health benefits, and more comfort.
In an infrared sauna, 80% of the heat is heating your body’s core, and 20% of the heat is heating the air. You want to heat your whole core, meaning your front core and your back core.
This is why you need an infrared sauna with back heaters, side heaters, and front heaters. If you don't have front or side heaters in your sauna, you will not raise your core body temperature to therapeutic levels. All Influence Sauna models have heaters all around you—back, side, legs, and front.
The infrared heat raises your core body temperature, and stimulates your lymphatic system, immune system, and your cardiovascular system. Your body’s response to the heat is to sweat profusely, releasing heavy metals and other toxins. The water in your body also resonates with far-infrared heat, which supports the detoxification process.
A convincing body of evidence is proving the health benefits of sauna bathing. Possible infrared sauna health benefits include stress relief and relaxation, better sleep, cardiovascular health, detoxification, shedding body fat, boosting immunity, natural pain relief, longevity, and more.
The American Journal of Medicine conducted a meta-review of all the studies on sauna use and concluded that sauna use is safe and has therapeutic value. Infrared heat is so safe, hospitals use similar heaters to warm newborns.
On the other hand, sweating in a sauna can be used to excess, especially if you don’t replace lost fluid and become dehydrated. You could risk fainting and injury. Be sure you drink water before, during, and after sauna use. Using your sauna 30-45 minutes a day is plenty.
If any of the following apply to you, consult your physician before using a sauna:
- Cardiovascular Issues, Obesity, or Diabetes—Individuals with obesity or with a medical history of heart disease, low or high blood pressure, circulatory problems, or diabetes should consult a physician before use. Heat stress increases cardiac output and blood flow to transfer internal body heat to the outside environment via the skin (perspiration) and the respiratory system. This takes place primarily due to major changes in the heart rate, which has the potential to increase by thirty (30) beats per minute for each degree increase in core body temperature.
- Medications—Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice of their physician since some medications may induce drowsiness, while others may affect heart rate, blood pressure, and circulation. Diuretics, barbiturates, and beta-blockers may impair the body’s natural heat loss mechanisms. Anticholinergics, such as amitriptyline, may inhibit sweating and can predispose individuals to heat rash or to a lesser extent, heatstroke. Some over-the-counter drugs, such as antihistamines, may also cause the body to be more prone to heatstroke.
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse—Contrary to popular belief, it’s not advisable to attempt to “sweat out” a hangover. Alcohol intoxication decreases a person’s judgment. Therefore, he/she may not realize when the body has a negative reaction to high heat. Alcohol also increases the heart rate, which may be further increased by heat stress. The use of alcohol, drugs, or medications before a sauna session may lead to unconsciousness.
- Elderly—The ability to maintain core body temperature decreases with age. This is primarily due to circulatory conditions and decreased sweat gland function. The body must be able to activate its natural cooling processes to maintain core body temperature. If you are elderly, operate your sauna at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
- Children—Children’s core body temperature rises much faster than adults. This occurs due to a higher metabolic rate per body mass, limited circulatory adaptation to increased cardiac demands, and the inability to regulate body temperature by sweating. When using your sauna with a child, operate it at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
- Chronic Conditions / Diseases Associated With Reduced Ability To Sweat Or Perspire—Multiple sclerosis, central nervous system tumors, and diabetes with neuropathy are associated with impaired sweating. Consult a physician before using a sauna.
- Hemophiliacs / Individuals Prone To Bleeding—The use of infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.
- Fever and Insensitivity to Heat—Individuals with insensitivity to heat or who have a fever should not use the sauna until the fever subsides.
- Pregnancy—Pregnant women should consult a physician before using an infrared sauna.
- Menstruation—Heating of the low back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase menstrual flow. This should not prevent you from using your sauna.
- Joint Injury—Recent (acute) joint injury should not be heated for the first 48 hours or until the swollen symptoms subside. Joints that are chronically hot and swollen may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind.
- Implants—Metal pins, rods, artificial joints, or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared waves and thus are not heated by this system. Nevertheless, you should consult your physician before using a sauna.
- Pacemakers / Defibrillators—The magnets used to assemble our saunas can interrupt the pacing and inhibit the output of pacemakers. Please discuss with your doctor the possible risks this may cause.
In the rare event that you experience pain or discomfort, immediately discontinue sauna use.
With Influence Sauna's Spectrum heaters, you'll enjoy higher sauna temperatures than most infrared saunas on the market.
High sauna temperatures have benefits shown by science and recommended by world-leading sauna experts.
The incredible, and varied, health benefits you get from spending time in a sauna largely come from being exposed to heat stress.
Though you might think of stress as a negative thing, not all stress is bad.
Hormesis is good stress for your body. It makes you stronger and healthier.
It makes sense that more heat stress = more benefits, so higher temperatures could help you get optimal results from your time in the sauna.
Higher temperatures also equal more heat shock proteins—an important factor for anti-aging.
Heat shock proteins help maintain cell health and protect against oxidative damage—they’re also linked to brain health, immunity, and longevity.
In one study, using saunas at 163°, the level of heat shock proteins in the body increased by almost 50%.
Here’s another thing to consider…
Various studies show benefits of saunas at higher temperatures, including the large-scale Finnish studies, which show benefits at around 170°.
Influence Saunas get to a maximum temperature of 170° safely and quickly.
At Influence Sauna, your health and safety is our top concern, so providing ultra-low EMF saunas is a priority.
Our heaters and our saunas are tested with state-of-the-art Gigahertz Solutions NFA-1000 for the safest possible results. Also, we use a testing lab to conduct studies for EMF, ELF, EMI, and RF. (See results below.)
Electromagnetic fields are measured in milligauss (mG). No regulations or laws exist concerning EMF exposure at 60htz in the U.S. However, our manufacturer believes any device or heating element under 8mG is more than safe.
The Spectrum carbon heater is extremely low in EMF, registering under 1mG at the surface and zero at 3”. The Spectrum Plus Incoloy is under 3mG at the surface and close to zero at 3”.
The manufacturer of our infrared saunas uses advanced and proprietary wire shielding in all saunas. This method is recommended by a certified building biologist and EMF radiation specialist.
It shields ELF and EMF to ensure that your sauna is the safest possible. Our manufacturer also uses a proprietary method of routing our cables within the shielding, giving you even more protection.
This video shows you how low the EMF levels are in our infrared saunas:
And here are testing results from National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS), the leading independent provider of environmental simulation testing, inspection, and certification services:
As you can see in the document above, the heaters were tested in a controlled environment using a Narda EHP-50F Electric & Magnetic RF Analyzer. NTS says, all the measurements were “MAGNITUDES lower” than the testing limits.
NTS is a 2019 NASA award winner, recognized for its “unwavering attention to technical excellence and project management.”
See more on our EMF page.
Our Spectrum heaters are engineered to be extremely safe and effective.
Our Spectrum heaters have both carbon and ceramic heaters combined and specifically placed for whole-body therapy.
One thing that makes our heaters beneficial is the ability to get to therapeutic heat. Our infrared saunas get to 170°. This is important because some studies show healing benefits at higher sauna temperatures, including activating heat shock proteins, which help slow the effects of aging, as well as many other benefits.
Influence Saunas are full spectrum. The Spectrum Plus heaters produce far- and mid-infrared heat. The Spectrum Carbons produce far-infrared heat. And the LED lights in the sauna produce near-infrared therapy.
Our Spectrum Plus heaters also hold the highly prestigious mark of Underwriters Laboratories (UL). UL is a global independent safety science company with more than a century of expertise innovating safety solutions.
Our heaters are also designed to be low EMF, using the research of Oram Miller and Bill Cadwallader, leading experts in the field of radiation exposure.
Influence Sauna’s Spectrum heaters give you deep body penetration, low radiation levels, and full-body therapy that is safe and effective.
Cedar is durable and offers natural antimicrobial benefits. Finnish saunas, traditional saunas, and almost every commercially built sauna you’ll find in gyms and spas are made with cedar.
According to the Infrared Sauna Foundation, which offers consumer protection and awareness around poor-quality saunas, red cedar is the most desirable for use in an infrared sauna.
Here’s why cedar is best:
- Cedar resists cracking and splitting. No sauna wood lasts longer than cedar, especially Western Canadian Red Cedar.
- Cedar contains aromatic oils that are known for their healing and cleansing properties. These oils aid detoxification during sauna use. Cedar can also help disperse excess fluids throughout the body.
- Cedar is naturally antifungal and antibacterial. This is important in a sauna, where bodies, moisture, and heat combine to make the environment perfect for molds, bacteria, and fungi.
- Cedar has a low risk of warp and shrinkage. You want your infrared sauna to stay beautiful and functional.
- Cedar is beautiful. It’s one of the most visually appealing woods available, ranging from light honey to a deep walnut shade.
- Cedar smells good. “Non-aromatic” cedar is used in sauna construction. The cedar scent is subtle and satisfying to the senses.
- Cedar can be easily sanded to remove any stains caused by perspiration and to bring back the fresh cedar smell.
Though there’s a lot of misinformation about cedar on the internet, cedar is non-toxic. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in their September 1993 report, talking about cedar:
“EPA believes it is unnecessary to regulate these products because they pose little or no risk to human health or the environment…EPA is not aware of any evidence of injury to human health or the environment due to their use.” See the report.
You can also check out the following report from an independent testing lab regarding Western Canadian Red Cedar and toxicity. See the report.
Please note: a small percentage of the population cannot tolerate the smell of cedar. These people have multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS). These people cannot tolerate any aromatic oils, perfumes, shampoos, or herbs.
Learn more about the cedar wood used in Influence Saunas.
Make sure you drink plenty of water when using your sauna. Drink water before, during, and after sauna use.
Healthy Tip: Don’t bring plastic into your sauna because it will off-gas toxins. Instead, use glass or stainless steel for drinking water in your sauna.
When you sweat, you lose a lot of minerals and vitamins. It’s best to replenish your body with electrolyte minerals daily while using your sauna. We recommend the full-spectrum (90+ trace minerals), highly bioavailable Ultimate Minerals. Taking Ultimate Minerals regularly will also support your health to help you avoid illness, sleep better, have more energy, help your nails and hair grow faster, and other benefits.
It depends. Many beginners need to start with a lower temperature and work their way up to a higher temperature. Some studies show therapeutic benefits at 160° and above. Influence Saunas get to 170°.
The average time most people spend in their sauna is 30-40 minutes. You shouldn’t do more than 45 minutes per session.
Yes, all sauna models can be used outside WITH the optional waterproof cover. Important: Placing your sauna outside without a cover will void your warranty.
Because we use high-pressure bindings and precision craftsmanship, our saunas can endure outdoor humidity and dryness as long as you protect them with the waterproof cover. You also don’t want to place your sauna somewhere where it easily gets wet.
If you live somewhere where the temperature gets below 40 °F, we don’t recommend putting your sauna outside because it will take much longer for the cabin to warm up, and the sauna won’t get as hot.
This is one of the reasons our saunas don’t use a lot of glass, like many of our competitors. Glass doesn't have the same thermal heat retention as wood.
All you need is the right electrical outlet and some space. You can put your sauna indoors or outdoors (with a cover).
When choosing a location for your sauna, you should keep two things in mind:
- Your sauna should be placed on a solid surface.
- Your sauna must be placed in a dry area.
You also want to ensure there’s a minimum of 3-inches of clearance from the top wall and all sides of the unit to allow easy access to the main power cord.
You can see the dimensions of each sauna on the product pages:
Each sauna model has different electrical requirements.
The Influence Hybrid
Fits into any standard outlet (doesn’t require an electrician)
Plugs into a 120v 15a outlet
Plug type: NEMA 5-15p
The Influence 2-3
You may need to upgrade your outlet (requires an electrician)
Plugs into a 120v 20a outlet
Plug type: NEMA 5-20P
The Influence 3-4
You may need to upgrade your outlet (requires an electrician)
Plugs into a 230v 15a outlet
Plug type: NEMA 6-15P
As part of our commitment to exceptional customer service, we ship every infrared sauna with a high level of service.
Please visit this link to learn more about how Influence Sauna ships your sauna along with important tips.
Assembling your infrared sauna is relatively easy. Two physically capable people should be able to assemble the sauna in under an hour.
You'll only need simple tools, including a Phillips-head screwdriver. The sauna is designed to be easy to set up and to take apart and reassemble.
You can also watch this video about assembling your sauna.
A great thing about infrared saunas is they require very little maintenance. For our infrared saunas, there are no regular maintenance tasks or parts to replace. Infrared saunas provide dry heat; the only moisture produced is from perspiration. The enclosed cabins keep out dust and dirt. Treat the exterior like any piece of fine furniture.
- Use towels on the bench and underneath your feet to protect the wood.
- If you notice excess moisture after a session, you can wipe off any excess perspiration or crack the door or roof vent and keep the sauna running for a few minutes.
- If needed, you can wipe your sauna down occasionally. Use a moist towel—don’t spray directly onto the heater panels. How to make your own sauna cleaner: A few drops of high-quality essential oil in water (examples are tea tree, eucalyptus, arborvitae, lavender, lemon—your choice) or a solution of 1T baking soda in a gallon of water.
- For locations with high use, such as clinics and spas, we recommend using an organic, non-toxic beeswax cleaner.
- Use the hand attachment on your vacuum if you want to clean dust or debris from your sauna.
- Perspiration stains don’t affect your sauna’s performance. If you eventually get perspiration stains that you want to remove, you can easily do so by lightly sanding the wood.
Influence Infrared Saunas are made from high-quality Western Canadian Red Cedar. Like most furniture made of wood, the wood used in our saunas is vulnerable to minor dents, scratches, and scuffing. This is normal, and the integrity of your sauna won't be affected.
Wood is a living material that will continue to respond to climate conditions, even after the extensive drying process it goes through. Irregularities, such as fine cracks, are part of the natural beauty of the wood and should not be considered defects.
Before it’s shipped, the wood is inspected for consistency, color, and quality. Our saunas can experience slight blemishes, scratches, or scuffs in transit. In most cases, these blemishes on the exterior of the sauna can be concealed by using a small amount of furniture polish, oil, or other furniture treatment. The interior blemishes, scratches, or scuffs can be either left alone or sanded. It's best to avoid any treatment containing benzene or a high concentration of alcohol.
When you use your sauna, we recommend using towels on the bench and underneath your feet to protect the wood.
If you notice excess moisture after a session, you can wipe off any excess perspiration or crack the door or roof vent and keep the sauna running for a few minutes.
Influence Saunas are backed by a 10-year warranty. In the U.S., the “lifetime” of an infrared sauna is considered 7 years. Many brands who offer a “lifetime warranty” know this and use it against you after 7 years of ownership.
Our 10-year warranty covers the entire sauna—controls, electrical, and wood. (The lighting remote is considered an accessory, and is covered by a 1-year warranty.)
If you use your sauna in a commercial location, you’re covered under a 5-year warranty.
Our Spectrum+ Incoloy heaters are backed by an unconditional lifetime warranty because we’re so confident in them. The cedar wood used in Influence Saunas will never bend out of form, crack, or lose its color.
Yes, you can apply for 0% financing for 18 months.
Financing is provided through Synchrony, one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies. Their roots in consumer finance trace back to 1932, and today, they are the largest provider of private label credit cards in the United States based on purchase volume and receivables.
With Synchrony, you get a simple application process and fast credit decisions. You also get convenient monthly payment options and online account management.
If an order is canceled before shipment, payment will be fully refunded. We consider a product “shipped” when a Bill of Lading and tracking number have been generated for a freight carrier. After products are considered shipped, cancellations are treated as returns.
Returns will be accepted within 30 business days of product receipt. Shipping charges on returns shall be the responsibility of the customer, and all returned items must be returned in “new” or “like new” condition in undamaged original manufacturer’s packaging.
All returns require a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) from our Customer Service department. No returns will be accepted or any credit granted without an RMA. To receive a credit or replacement unit, we must first have a chance to receive and completely inspect your return. (To contact Customer Service, call 702-660-0360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Per our “30-Day, Risk-Free Return Policy,” returns will be accepted within 30 business days of product receipt. Shipping charges on returns shall be the responsibility of the customer, and all returned items must be returned in “new” or “like new” condition, in undamaged original manufacturer’s packaging. After the product is received, inspected, and verified to be in “like new” condition, a full refund will be provided on the product purchase price minus any original shipping charges and minus a 15% restocking charge. For products sold with a “free shipping promotion,” the freight cost to originally ship the product will be deducted from your refund.
If you refuse an item delivered by a commercial shipping company for any reason other than damaged merchandise or shipping error by us, the item shall be treated as a return and charges above shall be applied.